STERN, BILL

STERN, BILL (1907–1971), U.S. sports broadcaster, member of the Radio Hall of Fame, National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, and American Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Stern began broadcasting in 1925, when he was hired to cover football games for WHAM in his hometown of Rochester, New York. His dramatic flair as an announcer was bolstered by his experience in theater and vaudeville, most notably his appointment as Radio City Music Hall's first stage director when it opened its doors in 1932. In 1937, Stern was hired by NBC and was given his own nationally syndicated, 15-minute radio show, Bill Stern Review. The show, which featured Stern rifling off sports scores, telling stories of amazing coincidences and heroism (some true, some concocted), and interviewing famous entertainers, became a fixture of the radio. From 1939 to 1951, he hosted The Colgate Sports Newsreel, and until 1956, Bill Stern Sports. Stern's voice was also made famous by his calling Friday night fights for NBC, as well as narrating MGM's News of the Day newsreels shown in movie theaters from 1938 to 1952. Stern also played himself in the 1942 movie classic Pride of the Yankees. At the height of his popularity, Stern was selected for 13 consecutive years (1940–52) as the top sports commentator by a poll of American radio editors. Stern broadcast the first-ever televised sports event – Princeton vs. Columbia in baseball – on May 17, 1939, as well as the first televised football game between Waynesburg and Fordham on September 30, 1939. After a health-related hiatus in the late 1950s, Stern returned to finish his broadcasting career as sports director for the Mutual Broadcasting System throughout the 1960s. He wrote Bill Stern's Favorite Sports Stories (1946), Bill Stern's Favorite Football Stories (1948), Bill Stern's Favorite Boxing Stories (1948), Bill Stern's Favorite Baseball Stories (1949), Bill Stern's Sports Quiz Book (1950), and an autobiography, The Taste of Ashes: A Famous Broadcaster's Comeback from Addiction and Disaster (1959). (Robert B. Klein (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bill Stern — (July 1, 1907 November 19, 1971) was a U.S. actor and sportscaster who announced the nation s first remote sports broadcast and the first telecast of a Major League Baseball game. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame (1988) and has a star… …   Wikipedia

  • STERN, HOWARD — (1954– ), U.S. broadcasting personality. Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, Stern was raised in nearby Long Island. He graduated from Boston University, where he produced bawdy comedy like the King Schmaltz Bagel Hour on the campus radio station.… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Stern (name) — Stern is a German family name, from the German word for star.People with the family name* Abraham Stern (1907 1942), founder and leader of Stern gang (Lehi) * Adolf Stern (1835 1907), German literary historian and poet * Adolf Stern (chess… …   Wikipedia

  • Bill Haley — his Comets 1954 während ihres Fernseh Debüts in Round Up Of Rhythm mit dem Erfolgssong Crazy Man Crazy (am Saxofon Joey D Ambrosio und am Schlagzeug Dick Richards). Bill Haley [ˈheɪliː] (* 6. Juli 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan; † 9. Februar… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bill Haley & His Comets — Bill Haley his Comets 1954 während eines Auftrittes im Fernsehen (am Saxofon Joey D Ambrosio und am Schlagzeug Dick Richards). Bill Haley [ˈheɪliː] (* 6. Juli 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan; † 9. Februar 1981 in Harlingen, Texas; vollständiger… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bill Haley and His Comets — Bill Haley his Comets 1954 während eines Auftrittes im Fernsehen (am Saxofon Joey D Ambrosio und am Schlagzeug Dick Richards). Bill Haley [ˈheɪliː] (* 6. Juli 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan; † 9. Februar 1981 in Harlingen, Texas; vollständiger… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bill Hicks — Birth name William Melvin Hicks Born December 16, 1961(1961 12 16) Valdosta, Georgia, U.S …   Wikipedia

  • Bill Anderson — in der Grand Ole Opry, 2006 Bill Anderson (* 1. November 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina; eigentlich James William Anderson) ist ein US amerikanischer Country Sänger und Songwriter, der in den 1960er und 1970er Jahren zahlreiche Nummer …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bill O'Reilly — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Bill O Reilly (nacido como William James O Reilly, Jr. el 10 de septiembre de 1949) es un presentador de televisión, director de un programa de radio, escritor, columnista y autoproclamado comentarista político… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Bill Maher — William „Bill“ Maher, Jr. [mɑːɹ] (* 20. Januar 1956 in New York City) ist ein US amerikanischer Komiker, Schauspieler, Schriftsteller und Fernsehproduzent. Er moderierte die Late Night Talkshow Politically Incorrect auf den Sendern Comedy… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.